As it Happened: Champions League
by James McMahon
AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona
Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke 04
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RESULT - GALATASARAY 1-1 SCHALKE
RESULT - AC MILAN 2-0 BARCELONA. Tactically Milan got it right tonight as two left-footed voleys from Boateng and Muntari give the Italian side more than a fighting chanace to reach the quarters. Part 2 of the instalment at the Nou Camo on Tuesday 12 March.
Milan holding on to their 2-0 lead.
5 additional minutes for Milan to keep Barca out. Galatasaray and Schalke are still deadlocked.
Game entering its final minute in the San Siro. Milan look the most likely to score again.
Mali international Traore comes on for El Shaarawy - who has had an outstanding game so far. Barcelona send on Mascherano as Puyol makes way
Barca just can't get their passing game going. Messi a shadow of himself.
The home side deserve their lead, with Montelivo having an outstanding game in midfield
First time this season that Milan have scored two in the Champions League at home this season.
Sulley Muntari 81 minutes scores his first European goal as Milan go 2-0 up. El Shaarawy cross from the right and the veteran from Ghana blasts his effort into the corner of the net and it's joy in the San Siro.
Galatasaray looking the more likely to score against Schalke with 15 minutes left.
Patient build up from Barca sees Iniesta's shot go narrowly wide. First attempt in anger for the Catalans in the second half
Milan sub sees Pazzini make way for Niang
Second half possession so far - Barca 66% Milan 34%. The stat that matters sees Milan in front! Still level in Istanbul.
Abate is also receiving treatment as Puyol is back on the pitch.
A nasty bang on the head following a clash with Giampaolo Pazzini sees Puyol being patched up on the sidelines as a shot from Abate is easily saved by Valdes.
Messi's free-kick is blasted away over the top. Sounds of derision from the home faithful. The Argentinian magician is not on his game tonight.
An ineffective Cesc Fabregas makes way for Sanchez
Barca are bit shell-shocked. Milan find new belief. Sanchez about to come on for the visitors
Milan's 400th goal in European competition. Still 1-1 between Galatasaray and Schalke.
AC Milan in front. Free kick from Constant. It bounced a bout and fell to Boateng who slammed it home from the edge of the box. Goal came after 57 minutes.
Busquets gets card for diving in on Ambrosini. Chance to mount an attack. Milan in the Barca half as tackles are flying in. Scrappy start to the second period.
Trickery for Alves in the Milan box, but Constant defends his line well.
Underway in Istanbul. Barca still probing in Milan, but the hosts are holding their shape.
Second half is underway in Milan.
Will Milan have the energy to keep up their discipline for 90 minutes? Mo changes to either side at half-time.
RTÉ panel are quite right in saying that Milan's game plan is to win this match 1-0 and hope for the best in the Nou Camp. Shades of Chelsea in last year's semi and Celtic's win earlier this season.
HALF-TIME: Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke. Barca with 67% of the ball in, but Milan's pressing game has meant very few chances for Spanish giants.
Schalke have levelled affairs against Galatasary. Jermaine Jones with the goal
HALF-TIME: AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona
Mario Balotelli and friend are in attendance at tonight's game.
El Shaarawy runs through on the blindside of Alves following a pass from Boateng and nearly gets on the end of it. Warning to Barca!
Jefferson Farfan misses a great chance from eight yards out for Schalke in a game that is end to end. More entertainment value there than is the case in Milan.
Milan applauding each other as they are working really well as a defensive unit. After 30 minutes, they can be happy that they have restricted Barca to just a few chances.
Didier Drogba and Hamit Altintop have chances to put Galatasaray further ahead. Mexes gets a yellow card for taking down Messi in Milan.
Xavi's shot is well saved from Abbiati from 25 yards out as Milan now look much tighter at the back.
Burak Yilmaz on 12 minutes has put Galatasaray 1-0 up against Schalke 04. Yilmaz's seventh goal in seven games in the Champions League.
A heavy touch from El Shaarawy let Puyol in to intercept as Milan broke the offside trap. From the resulting corner Boateng's shot just fizzed wide.
Alves' whipped in cross is cleared away by Nexes as Barca begin to flow. Their undoubted class is already evident here.
Trickery from Messi on the box and his shot is deflected out for a corner. From the resulting kick, Milan break up field but nothing comes of it.
Jermaine Jones has the first shot in anger in Istanbul as Schalke go close after five minutes.
Barcelona have most of the ball, but they are playing it in their own half. They are playing in orange and yellow shirts. Sanp shot from Muntari goes over over as Milan mount their first serious attack.
76,000 in attendance in Milan. Game is on. They have also kicked off in Istanbul.
Cracking atmosphere in Milan. RTÉ panel favour Barcelona to win this one. No Balotelli tonight as he is cup-tied.
Galatasaray: Muslera, Sarioglu, Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop,
Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder, Burak Yilmaz, Drogba.
Subs: Iscan, Bulut, Balta, Eboue, Kurtulus, Colak, Amrabat.
Schalke 04: Hildebrand, Hoger, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac,
Draxler, Jones, Neustadter, Michel Bastos, Farfan, Huntelaar.
Subs: Fahrmann, Obasi Ogbuke, Pukki, Metzelder, Fuchs, Barnetta,
AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant, Ambrosini,
Montolivo, Muntari, Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy.
Subs: Amelia, De Sciglio, Traore, Niang, Bojan, Cristante, Yepes.
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba, Xavi,
Busquets, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi, Iniesta.
Subs: Pinto, Sanchez, Thiago, Mascherano, Montoya, Song, Tello.
Good evening everybody and welcome to our coverage of tonight's game. We'll be keeping a good eye on what's happening at the San Siro, while the game in Istanbul is sure to be as competitive.